The Usable Earth, a group exhibition exploring the role of ecology in society, will open at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) on June 12, 2015 and run through July 24th. The exhibit focuses on the multi-faceted relationship between humans and the earth. EKG is located at 3600 Market St in Philadelphia.
Exhibitors include artists as well as architects, filmmakers, scholars, and authors are convened at The Usable Earth to expand on the diverse perspectives in telling the stories of the human relationship with nature.
One of the works on display will be a video by Eteam titled The Backup Tapes Of Moon and Mars, where the NYC-based artists visit Mars, PA and Moon, PA. The video portrays each respective town as a simulated environment for living life on Mars and the moon, revealing the cyclical tendencies of human behavior. In another artwork, the Swedish architecture firm, Vision Division, illustrate a stacked ecosystem, part urban farm and part cafe, inspired by the architecture of the Romanian Haystack and the mud huts of Burkina Faso.
Other exhibitors include Nate Ricciuto, Allen Crawford, TJ Hunt, Carolyn Lambert, David Scott Kessler and Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint. The Usable Earth is curated by Kristen Neville Taylor, a Philadelphia-based artist and curator.
The opening reception for The Usable Earth will be held on Friday, June 12th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at EKG. EKG is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities, and support services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and growing and established companies. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to http://www.sciencecenter.org.
About the Esther Klein Gallery
The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened at the Science Center in 1976, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. http://www.Estherkleingallery.tumblr.com